Housing Choice Voucher assistance is a subsidy paid by AHFC on behalf of low income families, to owners of rental units in the private rental market. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding for this program to AHFC.
Anchorage Voucher FAQs
AHFC has many rental assistance programs. Some of them provide longer-term rental assistance. Our longer-term rental assistance programs are Public Housing, Multifamily Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers. Recently AHFC has been able to provide emergency, shorter-term rental assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you applied for one of the emergency assistance programs and need longer-term rental assistance, you may qualify for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. To apply to you must submit a different online application.
AHFC is accepting online applications for Anchorage Housing Choice Vouchers between April 1 and April 30, 2021. All applications must be submitted online through a program called RentCafé. You may access RentCafé with a personal computer, tablet or smart phone. If you do not have access to the Internet, a representative (family member, friend, or helper) may submit your application for you. For more information about the application process and step-by-step guides, please click here. If you need help and do not have anyone to assist you, please email email@example.com for assistance or call (907) 330-6100. No paper applications will be accepted.
If you or a member of your family is a person with a disability, you may have the right to ask for a Reasonable Accommodation any time you find it necessary, if you would like more information about Reasonable Accommodations, or need assistance with the application process, please contact AHFC at (907) 330-6100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In RentCafé, as soon as you submit your application, you will see a screen that says: “Application Submitted.” New applicants will be able to save a copy of their application. A confirmation email will be sent to the address used to create your RentCafé account.
Every application received between April 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021 has an equal chance of placement on the waiting list. AHFC will limit the number of applications placed on the waiting list to 4000. After the application period closes, all applications will be randomly assigned a number. Applications assigned numbers 1 – 4000 will be accepted to the waiting list. Applications assigned a number higher than 4000 will be rejected. AHFC will advise all applicants of their status by email.
Limiting the waiting list to this number will allow us to assist applicants within a reasonable period.
No. Only one application may be submitted per household. Duplicate applications will be rejected.
A household’s gross annual income must be below HUD’s Very Low Income Limit at the time they reach the top of the waiting list and are screened for eligibility. There is no minimum income requirement. Changes in income between submission of an application and reaching the top of the waiting list may affect eligibility. Check your income eligibility here.
Yes. “Anchorage” includes Girdwood, Eagle River, Eklutna and communities in between.
Yes, as long as you are willing to move to Anchorage when your application reaches the top of the waiting list and use your voucher in Anchorage.
No prequalification is required. Any landlord may participate. AHFC will confirm the rent is a reasonable amount and within the family’s spending limit. All units assisted through the voucher program must meet HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.
Yes, as long as the owner of the unit is willing to participate, the rent is a reasonable amount and within your family’s spending limit, and the condition of the unit meets HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.
All families are responsible for paying a portion of their monthly housing costs. AHFC will determine the tenant’s portion of rent and the AHFC subsidy amount. Tenants pay their portion of rent directly to the landlord. AHFC will pay the monthly subsidy portion directly to the landlord.
The amount you will pay depends on your household’s composition and income. Families with at least one work-able adult are enrolled in Step. Rental assistance is limited to five years. The first year the family’s rent portion is income-based. Each subsequent year the family’s ent portion increases and the AHFC subsidy decreases as the family works toward financial self-sufficiency. Find out more about Step here.
Families in which all adults are 62 years of age or older, or are persons with a disability are assigned to Classic. Under Classic families pay an income based rent and have no assistance term limit. More information about Classic is found here.
Whether money is owed to AHFC or another Public Housing Authority, you may apply; however, the debt must be paid in full before you may receive housing assistance.
AHFC must screen all applicants for program eligibility once they reach the top of the waiting list. Screening includes a review of each adult member’s criminal record. A family member’s history of criminal activity related to drugs and alcohol abuse and violent behavior may result in a determination of ineligibility. However, before an applicant is found ineligible, AHFC will provide an opportunity to for the applicant to respond to activity reported or discovered that may result in a determination of ineligibility. For more information on Screening Criteria click here.